A TEENAGER on bail for an alleged drug offence has told Limerick District Court he was “out the back feeding the dogs” when gardai called to his house to ensure he was abiding by a curfew.
Larry Tuohy, 19, of Maigue Way, Carew Park, is charged with possession of €14,000 worth of Xanax tablets for sale or supply at High Street on January 8 last.
Mr Tuohy was granted bail in January but gardai brought an application to court in March to have his bail revoked on the basis that he was in breach of curfew.
On that date, Mr Tuohy had told Judge O’Kelly that he took medication for back pain following a car accident and he had been asleep when gardai had - on five occasions - called to the house to check on him.
Judge O’Kelly had refused the state’s application to revoke Mr Tuohy’s bail in March.
“To facilitate him and keep him at his liberty, I brought the curfew forward from 11pm to 8pm,” Judge O’Kelly said, recalling that Mr Tuohy had previously claimed the medication meant he could not stay awake past 11pm.
Det Garda Shane Ryan gave evidence that since the last application was refused on March 11, Mr Tuohy had breached curfew on 11 occasions.
And Garda Cormac Flanagan said that when he had called to Mr Tuohy’s house at 11.22pm on May 10, “I met his mother who informed me he was not at home”.
Mr Tuohy told the court that his mother had “made a mistake” and he had been “out the back feeding the dogs”. He maintained that a detective in Roxboro had assured him that gardai checking on his curfew would “call in between eight and nine”. “To this day, not one guard has come before 10 o’clock” Mr Tuohy said.
Judge O’Kelly granted the application and remanded Mr Tuohy in custody.